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Norse fall to hot-shooting Cavaliers

Staff reports

The Norse boys’ basketball team dropped its second contest of the season on the road on Wednesday, falling to Fort Wayne Canterbury 77-45.

Cavaliers guard Noah Drapala scorched the nets on the night, connecting on eight three-pointers en route to a game-high 32 points to lead Canterbury.

The Norse fell behind early on the night, trailing 24-16 after the first before seeing the advantage swell to 40-24 by halftime. The hosts put the proverbial nail in the coffin, increasing the margin to 65-36 by the end of the third period before cruising through the final frame.

Northfield shot just 40 percent from the field on the night with Nate Drancik leading the guests with 16 points. Logan Peas chipped in 14 points, Clayton Tomlinson had 13 and Jarret Shafer had the lone other two points.

Northfield’s top three scorers finished 18-for-35 from the field while the rest of the team finished 1-for-13 combined. As a team, Northfield shot just 3-for-14 from beyond the three-point line while Canterbury went 10-of-38 from range.

Graydon Holmes pulled down eight rebounds to tie for game-high honors. Peas had five boards while Tomlinson and Drancik had four rebounds apiece. Tomlinson led the Norse in both assists and steals with four and three, respectively.

Northfield finished with 23 turnovers on the night while Canterbury finished with 18 steals.

The Cavaliers shot 45 percent from the field with Noah Wolfe the lone other player finishing in double figures at 10 points. Will Shank finished with eight rebounds while Wolfe had six rebounds and six assists. Shank chipped in a team-high six steals.

Northfield will continue its search for its first win of the season on Friday at home against Southwood. The girls’ basketball teams will meet at 6:30 p.m. before the boys’ game at 8 p.m.